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Disney Dining Reservation Tips – How to Book the Disney Restaurant You Want

It’s no secret that getting the Walt Disney World Resort experience that you want requires planning, often months, if not years, in advance. This is especially the case with dining anywhere that takes or requires a reservation. The first thing you should know is that not every restaurant that takes a reservation will be difficult to book. But, that’s not why you’re here, is it? Spots at some of the most highly sought-after restaurants can often be completely unavailable if you don’t know when to reserve. Here are the traits of a successful Walt Disney World “dining reservationist.” Research: As you...

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Smart Travelers Never Leave Home Without Tripcase

Traveling, especially with kids, is hard and sometimes unpleasant. Between airline delays, overwhelming amounts of gear and entertaining little ones while on the road, travel can be daunting. However, sometimes, an app or gadget can come along and become so crucial for travel success that we can’t imagine hitting the road without them. For me, TripCase falls into this category. What’s so great about Tripcase? It’s a traveling service and app for iOS and Android that consolidates all of your travel plans and itineraries in one single place for easy reference. That’s right – you can combine all your...

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Beer travelers: Don’t leave home without this app

I’m from Oregon, and like many of my brothers and sisters in this great state, I’m a beer snob. We like to support small, independent craft breweries. Also, as a Traveling Dad, I often seek out local beer as a part of my travel experience, wherever I roam. My motto is “live local through beer”. Also, many small independent craft brewers have become very successful. As a result, they’re getting bought up by big beer brands such as Coors, AB InBev (think Anheuser-Busch) and many others. So, as a result, as a beer tourist, sometimes it’s hard to know...

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5 Tips for Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

After going on my first section hike of the Appalachian Trail with my son, recently, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for section hiking the Appalachian Trail. My son’s Boy Scout patrol recently decided they wanted to do a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. For them, this served two purposes, working on the Camping Merit Badge and working on the Cooking Merit Badge. It also got them out hiking and backpacking. Something our Troop rarely does. With some guidance from one of the Assistant Scoutmasters, the boys created a plan for section hiking the Appalachian Trail that...

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Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Ski Dubai offers plenty of indoor fun for the entire family, year-round. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is an ultra-chic shopping mall with stores you can expect to find along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Cartier to name a few. The ever expanding universe that is Dubai doesn’t escape your mind here, as mini-mockups of skyscrapers with all their luxurious amenities dot the walk ways, with aggressive sales reps donned in Gucci shoes compete for your attention to glimpse the upcoming property. In a not-so-tucked corner of the mall,...

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Why Global Entry and TSA Precheck should be in your travel playbook

A few months ago I went through the application process for Global Entry and TSA Precheck. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Global Entry, it is a program operated by the US Customs and Border Control under the Trusted Traveler Program. Global Entry allows individuals that are pre-approved through a screening process to bypass customs upon re-entry into the United States. Instead of waiting in line, you proceed to the designated kiosks, scan your fingerprints for verification, answer a few questions, and you are given a “receipt” to continue to baggage claim and the exit. It’s that...

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3 Reasons the LG G6 Is A Solid Phone For Travelers

Introduction LG Electronics is a brand you likely heard of when it comes to mobile phone, but most have never owned an LG phone. That’s because Samsung and Apple rule the mobile world when it comes to advertisements and therefore, these well engineered, solid performing LG phones often get overlooked when American consumers go to the store to buy a new phone. I’ve been watching LG for a few years now as I was a big fan of the LG G4 and V10 models from 2015. In 2016, we had the LG G5 which was featured modular components to offer...

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How To Eat on a Budget in Disney Springs

It’s alright to admit it. The thing most dads fear when planning a Disney trip are the outrageous expenses involved. Especially when it comes to food. Eating inside or outside any of the major parks and surrounding areas can be an intimidating ask for even the most respectable bank account. Sure, you’re on vacation so you expect to indulge a little, but is a $100-per-day meal budget too much to hope for? Believe it or not, it’s possible. The question of whether you have to choose between sustenance for a family of four and future college tuition finally has...

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Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers

Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers Epcot may not be the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Walt Disney World destinations for your preschoolers. Epcot is a must-do with preschoolers, especially on the very busy weekend days at Magic Kingdom. Below are some of best things to do at Epcot with preschoolers from Traveling Dad. On warm days, which can be any day in Florida, let the youngsters get drenched in the oval splash pad. It’s located on the main path from Future World to the World Showcase, across from the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World...

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